arrival of first vessel ‘PennaSuraksha’ carrying 25,000 tons of cement from Krishnapatnam
Port marks the beginning of operations of the 4th cement terminal at
modal shift in transport of cement from road/rail to sea is another step
towards promoting coastal shipping as cost-effective and environment-friendly
means of transportation as envisaged under the Sagarmala Program of the
Shipping Ministry. Cement being a high-volume, low-value product, lower-cost
sea transport is very important as a game changer in logistics.
huge destruction that has occurred in the recent floods, the requirement of
cement in re-building the state of Kerala is expected to increase. Coastal
shipping of building material like cement is economical & will help rebuild
Kerala after recent floods in a cost effective manner with lower logistic
three Cement Terminals- Ambuja, UltraTech and Zuari are in operation and
handle 7,83,000 tons of cement annually. The Bagging Terminal of Penna Cement
Ltd. is the fourth such terminal in Cochin Port. The terminal has been set up
in 1.14 ha of land leased by Cochin Port Trust and is expected to handle 3 lakh
tonnes of cement annually.
Terminal has been designed to connect to Q6 berth at Ernakulam Wharf, where ships
carrying cement from Krishnapatnam Port will be berthed for transfer of the
cargo to the silos through pneumatic suction. The Terminal has four silos of
total capacity of 20,000 MT, and has the designed capacity of 0.50 MMTPA in
cement bagging. The Cochin Packing Terminal has an annual throughput of 0.30
MMT, to begin with.
Port has facilitated the installation of automated cement bagging units by
allotting land adjacent to berths to cement companies. Cement is brought
in bulk through ships, and is transferred to silos on the adjacent
land through pipelines.
Port is expected to handle 1.5 million metric tons of cement by 2020. Malabar
Cements, a Govt. of Kerala Co. has also been allotted land at Cochin Port for
setting up a bagging terminal. Cement consumption in Kerala is one of the
highest in the country since house construction and expansion is one of the
major industries in the state.